Help us to spread some Christmas cheer this year!

The holiday season is meant to be a time of celebration, however, if times are tough it can be especially difficult. For many young people experiencing homelessness, a Christmas dinner simply isn’t a possibility and the giving and receiving of gifts is an unaffordable luxury.

Every year Brisbane Youth Service spreads Christmas cheer by distributing around 300 food hampers to young people and young families accessing our services. We rely solely on donations to provide these hampers which are filled with a mix of non-perishable food items and festive treats.

If you would like to help by donating a hamper for a young person or young family, please see below for the required list of items which can be easily packed into 2 x reusable, canvas supermarket shopping bags tied together. It is important to us that every young person/family gets the same quantity and types of food in their hamper, so please be guided by the list below.

Pre-packed hampers can be delivered to our Valley Hub at 42 McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley between 9am-5pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th November 2019
  • Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th December 2019
  • Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th December 2019

Brisbane Youth Service Christmas Hamper Drive

We understand the lead up to the holiday season is a busy time for everyone, so if you don’t have time to organise a collection or shop for food, you may wish to:

Hamper Food List

  • 1 x tinned ham 340g
  • 1 x bbq sauce or honey mustard
  • 2 x Heinz Big Eats cans
  • 1 x 5 pack 2minute noodles
  • 2 x instant pasta packets
  • 1 x large bag corn chips
  • 1 x jar salsa
  • Print version/poster


  • 1 x 6/8 pack single serve breakfast cereal packets/bowls
  • 1 x 6 pack 200ml long-life milk
  • 1 x 6 pack 200ml tetra juice
  • 1 x pack of sweet biscuits
  • 1 x pack of savoury biscuits
  • 1 x pancake ‘shaker’ mix
  • festive chocolates, sweets or novelty pack

Please note, we do not accept second-hand clothing, bedding, toys or other used or unsolicited items due to limited storage space and the time and resources required to sort and distribute such donations.

For more information please contact our Fundraising Coordinator on 07 3620 2428 (Tue-Thu) or at